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Monday, September 26, 2011

Book of Mormon Class, Lesson # 38

Powerful Promises of the Book of Mormon

"He takes His Church Seriously
Mosiah 25:21

Taught by Sue G.

Alma 5:60, "..and now I say unto you that the good shepard doth callafter you, and if you will hearken uto his voice, he will bring you into his fold, and ye are his sheep, and he commandeth you that ye suffer no raveenous wolf to enter amoung you, that ye may not be destroyed.

What ensures that the Church will be one fold? What does it mean to have our names in the Church records? It means everything! We are officially listed as the brothers and sisters of Christ.

What are the ravenous wolves that are among us today? What do we need to do to keep them out of our lives? 

The answers are the same "Sunday School answers" that we are all familiar with, but they are the right answers and the answers that will keep the ravenous wolves out of our lives. 1 Nephi 22:25

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Sunday Lesson #40 - Testimony of The Book of Mormon

Given by Terry S.

"The moment you begin a serious study of the Book of Mormon, you will find greater power to resist temptation.  You will find the power to avoid deception.  You will find the power to stay on the strait and narrow path.  The scriptures are called "the works  of life", and nowhere is that more true than it is in the Book of Mormon.  When you hunger and thirst after those words, you will find life in greater and greater abundance."

Ezra Taft Benson
One morning as I was reading the scriptures I came across Jacob 4:3-4.  It felt as though Jacob was speaking directly to me and it really made me stop and think about the subject more deeply.  Jacob was speaking to me about what was most important to him.

Verse 3- Now in this thing we do rejoice; and we labor diligently to engraven these words upon plates, hoping that our beloved brethren and our children will receive them with thankful hearts, and look upon them that they may learn with joy and not with sorrow, neither with contempt, concerning their first parents. 

Verse 4- For, for this intent have we written these things, that they may know that we knew of Christ, and we had a hope of his glory many hundred years before his coming; and not only we ourselves had a hope of his glory, but also all the holy prophets which were before us.
A powerful testimony to the importance of the Book of Mormon is to note where the Lord placed its coming forth in the timetable of the unfolding Restoration.  The only thing that preceded it was the First Vision.
Think of that in terms of what it implies.  The coming forth of the Book of Mormon preceded the restoration of the priesthood.  It was published just a few days before the Church was organized.  The Saints were given the Book of Mormon to read before they were given the revelations outlining such great doctrines as the three degrees of glory, celestial marriage, or work for the dead.  It came before priesthood quorums and Church organization.  Doesn't this tell us something about how the Lord views this sacred work?

Although the Book of Mormon is an ancient document, it was written for our day (2 Nephi 23:21-22; 27:22; Mormon 8:34-35; Moroni 1:4).
President Benson also taught: "The Book of Mormon was written for our day.  The Nephites never had the book; neither did the Lamanites of ancient times.  It was meant for us. Each of the major writers of the Book of Mormon testified that he wrote for future generations.  If they saw our day and chose those things which would be of greatest worth to us, is not that how we should study the Book of Mormon?  We should constantly ask ourselves, "Why did the Lord inspire Mormon (or Moroni or Alma) to include that in his record?  What lesson can I learn from that to help me live in this day and age?"

Some question you might ask yourself:

How might knowing that the Book of Mormon was written for our day influence the way we study it?  (1 Nephi 19:23)

What changes and blessing have come into your life when you have studied and pondered the Book of Mormon regularly?
President Marion G. Romney testified of the blessings that can come into the lives of those who will read and study the Book of Mormon.  He said:

"I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirt of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein.  The spirt of reverence will increase; mutual respect and consideration for each other will grow.  The spirit of contention will depart.  Parents will counsel their children in greater love and wisdom.  Children will be more responsive and submissive to the counsel of their parents.  Righteousness will increase.  Faith, hope, and charity- the pure love of Christ- will abound in our homes and lives, bringing in their wake peace, joy, and happiness."

Sisters, I testify to you that the Book of Mormon is true.  I have had a witness of it's truthfulness many times in my life.  When I think of all the many millions and billions of people who have lived and died on this earth without ever having the Book of Mormon,  I realize what a blessing it is in mine.  I am so grateful to all the many prophets who recorded those words of the plates and didn't even know why they were doing it except they were commanded to.  I leave you my testimony of the Book of Mormon in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Crepe Recipes!

Like Crepes?!  There are FOUR delicious recipes to choose from!
Recipe Group, September 13th
Hosted by Melanie P
Blender Crepes

1 cup milk or half-and-half
4 eggs
1 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 TB butter

Combine ingredients except butter in blender, whirl until just combined.
Melt butter and pour into batter. Let batter stand at least 30 minutes, if convenient. 
Cook with handy crepe maker like Melanie has! If you don't have one pour in omelet pan,(or Shannon does multiple ones at a time on a griddle), over medium high heat and spread thin in a circle. 
Cook till it's not shiny any more and flip to the other side for 10 to 15 seconds.

Makes 12 to 16 crepes.

 Classic French Crepes or Dessert Crepes

2 eggs 1 cup flour
2 egg yolks 1/2 ts salt
1 1/4 cup milk      2 TB butter

Beat eggs and egg yolks with milk, using whisk, rotary beater, or fork.
Add flour and salt, beat smooth. Batter should be of the consistency of heavy cream.
Heat butter in small pan, spoon off foam, pour clear yellow portion into batter. Letstand at least 30 minutes. 
Cook same as Blender Crepes.
Swiss Chard Crepes

1 Onion - chopped fine
1/4 Cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup olive oil
1 1/2 cup cottage cheese
3 eggs - beaten
1/4 ts salt
2 - 2 1/2 cups Swiss chard pre-cooked and chopped fine

Saute onion in olive oil. Add Swiss chard and bread crumbs to sauteed onion. In separate bowl mix beaten eggs, cheese and salt. 
Add Swiss chard mixture to cheese mixture. 
Spread on crepe, roll, brush tops with butter. 

Bake at 425 F. for 10 - 15 minutes
Fried Bananas

4 somewhat green bananas
3 TB Butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 TB Rum Extract

Melt butter in pan. 
Add brown sugar. Stir together. Add rum extract. 
Place bananas in a single layer in the pan. 
Fry on each side till golden brown. 
Put in crepe and roll. Serve with whip cream and carmel sauce on top.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

So Great A Cause - Service Night

August 11th, 2011

When we arrived to serve, we were greeted with Sue's Happy Sign....

fun drink spot.......

and Yummy, Yummy looking cakes made by Jenny N's sister!!

Just look how adorable this one is!!!! 

Peg got us started on how to tie dye baby onesies. We made these to sell at a Boutique that raises money for Mother's Without Borders to help in Africa.

We had so many onesies donated it was awesome!!

Scrunced.....elastic bound.....and ready to dye!!

Then it was outside for the next step of this project.

Kind of made you feel like a kid doing a messy school art project!

We dyed most of them blue or pink sometimes adding a little green or yellow
but Sigrid decided to go all out!

No gloves are going to place you at the crime scene Sigrid!

The onesies then were placed in ziplock bags to sit for 24 hours
before you could wash them out.

Look how adorable they are!

Cute fabric was added to cloth diapers to make fun burp cloths
to add to the tie dyed onesies.

Awhhh!! The wonderful feeling of the look of all your work!

Tied up and ready to sell.

Items to put together birthday party kits to go 
to the Women's Shelter were also donated.

Sue gets the assembly line going.

Is Tisha the greatest happy helper or what?

Everyone was having a great time laughing 
and working together.

Ta-da!! More awesome finished work done!
We had enough to make 30 kits.

Now on to the much anticipated....delicious....goodness!!
(As much as we wanted to eat cake, it was hard to cut into them 
because they were all soooo cute!)

And last but not least...........
Some great sitting around, eating cake, laughing and chatting after 
an awesome evening of Service!!

Thank you so much to the Relief Society Committee: Sue, Jenny, Danielle, Mary Jane, 
and to all those who donated items, 
and those who helped make and put them together!

Your Relief Society Presidency

ps - sorry about some of the blurry pictures, we need a relief society camera instead of a phone!

Sunday Lesson # 39 - The Law of Chastity

Taught by Mary L. 

What is the law of chastity?

Within our bodies, God has provided a sacred power. It is the power to create other bodies so that life may continue upon the earth. To help us preserve the sanctity of this power and use it wisely, God has given us the law of chastity.

We are to have sexual relations only with our spouse to whom we are legally married. No one, male or female, is to have sexual relations before marriage. After marriage, sexual relations are permitted only with our spouse.

The law of chastity requires that our thoughts as well as our actions be pure. 

 President Gordon B. Hinckley warned: “You live in a world of terrible temptations. Pornography, with its sleazy filth, sweeps over the earth like a horrible, engulfing tide. It is poison. Do not watch it or read it. It will destroy you if you do. It will take from you your self-respect. 

It will rob you of a sense of the beauties of life. It will tear you down and pull you into a slough of evil thoughts and possibly of evil actions. Stay away from it. Shun it as you would a foul disease, for it is just as deadly. Be virtuous in thought and in deed. God has planted in you, for a purpose, a divine urge which may be easily subverted to evil and destructive ends. 

When you are young, do not get involved in steady dating. When you reach an age where you think of marriage, then is the time to become so involved. But you boys who are in high school don’t need this, and neither do the girls” (in Conference Report, Oct. 1997, 71–72; or Ensign, Nov. 1997, 51).

It is extremely important to our Heavenly Father that His children obey the law of chastity. 

Breaking the law of chastity is a serious sin. It can bring us sorrow and destroy our self-respect. It can burden us with guilt. Unchastity can cause distrust of family members and eventually disrupt the family. Unchastity makes a person unworthy of the guidance of the Holy Ghost. 

It can bring children into the world outside of a family unit. Church members who break the law of chastity break sacred covenants with God. Misusing the sacred power of creation in any way may cause us to lose the privilege of eternal progress.

Those Who Keep the Law of Chastity Are Greatly Blessed

The Lord has given us commandments to make us happy. Whenever we obey a law of God, we receive a blessing; but whenever we break a law, we suffer the result of our action. Living morally clean lives can benefit us in many ways. A clean, moral life promotes happy homes and marriages. It keeps us from feeling distrust and remorse. It keeps us worthy to serve the Lord.

It permits us to go to the temple. It allows us as priesthood bearers to exercise the priesthood effectively in behalf of others. Most important, it helps us be worthy to dwell in Heavenly Father’s presence throughout all eternity.

When we obey the law of chastity, we can live without guilt or shame. Our lives and our children’s lives are blessed when we keep ourselves pure and spotless before the Lord. Children can look to our example and follow in our footsteps.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Sue's Strawberry Special - Cupcake recipe!

Sue's Strawberry Special, by Sue G.
From the Swap

 Mix for the cupcakes: 
     1 strawberry cake mix
     1 strawberry yogurt
     1 small vanilla pudding
     1 extra egg  

***Then bake as directed on the cake mix. 

Frosting:  mix ingredients with beaters 
     1 TBS softened butter
     1/8 cup milk 
     add powered sugar until you achieve the right consistency

Then mix in: 
     3 to 4 TBS of pureed strawberries

After that is done you can either add milk or more powered sugar to get the right consistency. 

Frost with a knife or pipe it on with a pastry bag to make it look cute!  If you don't have a pastry bag you can use a zip-lock bag with the end cut off.  


Friday, September 9, 2011

Powerful Promises of the Book of Mormon

Book of Mormon Class
Mosiah 26:21
Taught by Sue G.

     Mosiah turns the running of the Church over to Alma and retains the political government himself.
     Thus, Alma becomes the President of the Church. Considering what Mormon taught us about Alma's past,this is a wonderful confirmation and testimony of the power of the Saviors atonement to cleanse and heal completely.

    By knowing the Lords purpose in having a Church to begin with, Alma could make wise decisions about Church membership.  Read Mosiah 26:17-22
     The Savior takes personally every element and every member of his Church. We are of one fold, everyone of us is invested in exactly the same shepherd. 1 Nephi 22:25....."and there shall be one fold and one shepherd...."
     Let us strive to be "one fold" and love all our Sisters in our neighborhoods!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Powerful Promises of the Book of Mormon

Modest Leaders Have Power
Mosiah 18:26

Taught by Sue G.

     The modest, unselfish leader has the power to inspire and lift. The good leaders don't always please mankind, in fact, the Lord doesn't always place his servants where they will be noticed. But of course, we know where they are, they are in his hands. We sense it, but we may not always see it. He loves the modest but useful servant.
     The Book of Mormon is full of modest leaders who inspire and lead others to do good, through example and by preaching and teaching the word of the Lord.
      The modest servant lies down tired at the end of a day, knowing that the day was spent doing just what God intended. How could we feel badly about a day that ended like that. King Benjamin lay down in peace each evening for thousands of days knowing that he had done what the Lord wanted him to do and then did so at the end of his life with a clear conscience.
 Read Mosiah 2:15
     We should all strive to be humble, modest, powerful leaders for the Lord, Jesus Christ.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Zucchini Recipes

Here are a few favorite recipes to try……
Zucchini Tacos, Yummy Zucchini Casserole & Chocolate Zucchini Cake.
{they are all delicious!} from Sydney G.

Yummy Zucchini Casserole Family favorite! 

6 cups grated zucchini-steam and blend well.  
1 cup shredded carrots
1 can cream-o-chicken soup
1 cup sour cream
Fold In- zucchini
Prepare 2 box’s cornbread stuffing mix (mix not cooked)
Put ½ stuffing mix in a 9X13 pan
Cover with the other half zucchini mix
Bake 25 minutes @ 350 degrees
Add ½ to 1 cup grated cheese and bake 5 to 10 minutes more 

Zucchini Taco's 
yield – serves 4 


3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
2 cups fresh white or yellow corn kernels
1 cup chopped white onion
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
4 medium tomatoes, roughly chopped
3 medium zucchini, diced
1 cup canned black beans, rinsed and drained
4 leaves fresh epazote, (or 1 teaspoon fresh oregano), finely chopped
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 warm corn tortillas
1/4 cup tomatillo (green) salsa
8 teaspoons grated Monterey Jack cheese (or queso fresco

Heat half of oil in a large skillet over high heat. Toast corn 5 minutes, stirring; season with salt. Remove corn; set aside. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 teaspoons oil in skillet. Cook onion, stirring, until it caramelizes, 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 to 2 minutes. Add tomatoes; cook 10 minutes. Add zucchini; cook until tender, 10 to 12 minutes; season with salt. Add corn, beans, epazote and pepper. Cook 3 minutes. Split filling among tortillas; top each with 1 1/2
teaspoons salsa and 1 teaspoon cheese. 

Chocolate Zucchini Cake Recipe 


2 1/2 cups regular all-purpose flour, unsifted
1/2 cup cocoa
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 cup soft butter
2 cups sugar
3 eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons grated orange peel
2 cups coarsely shredded zucchini
1/2 cup milk
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Glaze (directions follow)
Preheat the oven to 350°F.
1 Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, soda, salt, and cinnamon; set aside.
2 With a mixer, beat together the butter and the sugar until they are smoothly blended. Add the eggs to the butter and sugar mixture one at a time, beating well after each addition. With a spoon, stir in the vanilla, orange peel, and zucchini.
3 Alternately stir the dry ingredients and the milk into the zucchini mixture, including the nuts with the last addition.
4 Pour the batter into a greased and flour-dusted 10-inch tube pan or bundt pan. Bake in the oven for about 50 minutes (test at 45 minutes!) or until a wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes; turn out on wire rack to cool thoroughly.
5 Drizzle glaze over cake.
Glaze: Mix together 2 cups powdered sugar, 3 Tablespoons milk, and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat until smooth.
Cut in thin slices to serve. Makes 10-12 servings.
Since it has Zucchini in it- it's okay to eat
1, 2 or 3 pieces, it's 1/2 vegetable right?!
{well at least you can tell yourself that- wink,wink}
Give it a try- I think you'll like it. You might even fool a little non- veggie eater in your house with these cakes.
*Email us your favorite zucchini recipe’s to share on the blog… can never have to many zucchini recipes!!
*(portions copied from Mellisa Quigly’s “Hollyhocks-Honeybees” blog) 

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Know Your Neighbor! Trish and Mark

Mark and Trish T. have recently moved into our ward! They bought the Sloan's house in Fremont Circle.   They moved to Centerville from Woods Cross where they lived for 6 years.

Mark and Trish are right at home here in Centerville.  Trish grew up here and Mark grew up in Bountiful.  Both went to Viewmont High School... Go Vikings!  Both of their extend families live in the area too.  They like spending time with them and like living close to them.

Mark attended the University of Utah and studied Communications.  Trish went to Weber State University where she studied Dance Teaching.  Trish has been a dancer all of her life.  Growing up she danced ballet, modern dance, and jazz.  They are both huge Ute's Fans.  They attend all the football and basketball games that they can.

Mark likes hunting, skiing, snowboarding, and golfing to name a few hobbies.  Mark has had a motorcycle since Trish has known him.  They both like motorcycle riding.

Mark and Trish have been married for 8 years.  They officially met at a BBQ.  Mark's best friend married Trish's cousin so they met that way too.  They have 2 children.  Laird, who is 3 1/2 loves being outside.  His best friend is their family dog Timber.   He loves playing with him.  Sloan their daughter is 1.  She loves laughing and playing with the family cat Bowie.

Trish loves being a mom.  She also works full time at the Flower Patch.  She arranges the flower bouquets.  Mark works at Bryson's Sales and Service.  It is a Blue Bird School Bus Dealership.  They sell all the new school buses you see. 

They are big time campers.  They enjoy tent camping.  They would love to someday own a big cabin with their extended family.  One that was close enough to use all the time. 

Mark and Trish restored a 1968 El Camino as a couple with some friends.  It was a lot of work and sometimes still is.  They have had it for a few years now.  When they are not working on cars they enjoy playing games and movies as a family.  They also like reading books.  They have enjoyed bibliographies but like a lot of different genres.

Welcome to the Willow Wood Ward T. Family!   We are so happy to have you in the neighborhood!